Summer brings a wide and colorful selection of in-season flowers, plants, and fruits to brighten up any table.
Whether you are hosting a formal dinner party or a casual backyard barbeque, you can brighten things up with centerpieces that are easy to make and inexpensive.
Here are some clever, simple, and inexpensive ideas for summer centerpieces for any occasion-from beach party to romantic dinner.
Martha Stewart’s website has a crudité centerpiece that looks like a miniature vegetable patch and doubles as an appetizer tray. Just arrange a selection of small raw vegetables (such as cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, asparagus, and cauliflower) in sections inside a deep galvanized-metal planter, alternating colors. She suggests lining the bottom with sprouts, moistened with some water. Have your favorite dip available alongside it. This is particularly good if you are going to seat your guests at one large table.
If you would prefer an edible centerpiece with fresh fruits, arrange a selection of tropical fruits such as melons, pineapples, and kiwis in a long tray. (Martha features a carved-out log.) Intersperse some orchids and citrus leaves among the fruit.